BUA’s campus sits in one of the world’s great centers of learning and endeavor--and we take advantage of it.
In Boston, BUA students get exposure to real-world achievement in...well, almost everything. Medicine, science, technology, politics, education, history, social movements, literature, music and art: the city offers opportunities for rich connections to what our students learn in their classrooms. Hands-on experiences abound for student environmentalists, researchers, jazz lovers, Attic War nerds, and laser aficionados. Boston is our comprehensive resource for a well-rounded education.
We’re a high school with a T stop. The T stop is crucial.
Our central location allows us to draw our student body from a wide range of communities around Boston and beyond. Diversity is a given. Many students commute via public transportation, putting into practice our firm belief that making your own way is a highly educational experience. Real teenagers, meet the inexorable march of timetables.
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The academy-university hybrid allows us to prepare students for the university environment--not to mention a wider world.
So many opportunities will present themselves to BUA students. Our task is to help them be ready for those opportunities. At BUA, they develop the reading and critical thinking skills demanded by high level learning, as well as the study habits that support scholarly pursuits.
There’s another set of skills required for successful scholarship and they’re addressed at BUA along with academics. Our students learn the ins and outs of initiating research, collaborating with professors, dealing with lab hours and deadlines, and drinking a tad too much coffee.
Boston University Academy is a rigorous high school embedded in a world-class research university. Our students are superbly positioned to follow their interests as far as they can.
The Academy’s connection to Boston University opens all kinds of doors for our curious and motivated scholars. BU’s resources are our resources: libraries with over 5 million volumes, labs and studios to work in, seminars to take. In fact, the BU catalog lists over 2,000 courses open to BUA students. Just that opportunity, for the right student, is impetus to go farther.
All BUA 11th and 12th graders take courses at BU for college credit. All seniors research a thesis with the support of a university professor and a BUA faculty advisor.
Outside the catalogue, the University is a thriving intellectual community which reflects and expands what students experience in our classrooms and hallways. Galleries, performances, symposia, and competitions are there for the taking in. Who knows what will spark a scholar’s passion?
The Academy’s classically based core curriculum provides a solid foundation for in-depth study of just about anything.
Students start in Foundations in Language and Logic. This is our trivium--our version of the classical introductory curriculum of grammar, rhetoric, and logic--which explores basic modes of analysis. Every student studies either Latin or ancient Greek. With this, comes immersion in primary texts, an interdisciplinary approach to humanities and an emphasis on close reading and learning to write. It’s a curriculum built to arm a scholar for all the learning to come.
Said learning is deep and wide, covering human experience in history, math, science, literature, technology and the arts. Our faculty are dedicated to mentoring emerging scholars and nurturing the joy of inquiry in each one. That’s how the curriculum evolves to meet the intellectual needs of students as well as their development as individuals. All courses at BUA are honors level.
Do the rigors of a classical curriculum dampen individual spirit? Nope.
Our motto is “Nils Doctis Arduum.” Nothing daunts a scholar. It’s true here because we value integrity, personal relationships, and learning from one another. We are a small, supportive community of individuals devoted to a well-rounded, robust intellectual life. Every student has a faculty advisor. We harness our own abilities in peer advising and tutoring. Our students are kind to one another. It makes it easier to be who you are, to follow your dreams and passions, and to decompress and have fun.
Oh, yes. It’s high school. There’s way more to this community than academics. Students build relationships on sports teams, in music ensembles, on stage, in studios, over game boards and energy drinks.